The increasing popularity of Laminate Flooring pays testament to the quality of it as a product. Often seen as a cheaper alternative to Wood Flooring, no doubt you're used to seeing imitation wood designs across Laminate ranges. However, there’s so many more styles available. It's no longer seen as just replicating real wood's style.
There are many benefits of Laminate Flooring. The design is essentially a printed image, which lends itself to a wide range of different patterns. Underneath the top layer is a number of layers made from high density fibreboard (HDF). These layers make for optimum durability, making Laminate commonplace in high-traffic areas. Plus, it’s easy to maintain and clean – regular sweeping or light mopping with a microfibre mop, will keep your floor looking pristine for years. For more stubborn dirt Laminate cleaner is available but avoid excess water at all costs!
Because Laminate Flooring uses a printed image, there’s no end to the possible designs. Due to the different options available, you’ll be able to find a style that fits in any room. We’ve pulled together seven different styles, to highlight how designs can differ and how they might look in your home.
1. Grey Laminate Flooring
We thought we’d start with a fairly popular design; Grey Wood Flooring is a trend that isn’t going away any time soon. Perhaps that's due to how beautiful Grey Laminate can look when imitating hardwood. The realistic wood effect replicates the natural knots and grains of hardwood perfectly, whilst the grey colour is popular within contemporary home décor. Grey Laminate Flooring works as a fairly neutral backdrop to splashes of colour. If you’re looking to keep your look clean and minimalistic, then this is the choice for you.
Creating an authentic Parquet Flooring look, our Manor Plus Laminate range includes this beautiful Avenue Chevron design. The differing colours create a rustic charm that adds distinguishable character. The wood grain is also embossed in the Laminate, creating an authentic feel underfoot. The Chevron design dates back to the 16th Century, and is often compared with Herringbone when looking at this style of patterned flooring. The regularity of the chevron’s zig-zag makes it a popular choice for many, as it provides a unique style that’s rarely seen in residential properties.
3. Black Slate
If you’re looking for a cost-effective or more durable alternative to stone tiles, there are Laminate ranges to fulfill your needs. Our Black Slate, from the Verona Tile range, is a perfect choice for kitchens or dining rooms. It effortlessly blends authentic stone textures with bold colours, and is manufactured using the highest quality materials. Due to its extra wide tiles, it displays more of the tile’s characteristics for a genuine slate effect. Whereas real stone is more likely to be damaged or chipped, using Laminate Flooring gives you the added durability that’s often needed in busy areas of the home such as your kitchen. When it comes to spillages, as long as it is tended to immediately, your laminate will not be affected. Joint protector is great for sealing the boards to ensure no moisture can seep between the joint.
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4. Tradition Quattro
A more traditional style, this is how most people envision Laminate Flooring in their minds. Yes, it is a more cost-effective solution to Hardwood Flooring. However, just because it is cheap in price does not mean it is cheap in quality. Authentic wooden grooves and colouration means this Laminate is difficult to tell apart from the real thing. Our Amber Oak features embossed texture, similar to the Chevron Laminate earlier in this guide, to ensure as life-like a product as possible. Due to its natural wood style, this flooring works just as well in traditional setting as it does in contemporary décor. Coming from the Tradition Quattro range, it also comes with a 25-year residential and 12-year commercial warranty!
5. Inlaid Parquet
This style of Laminate takes inspiration from a traditional form of Parquet. Its unique style is designed to be as eye-catching as possible – with beautiful results. Using a light brown colour, it effectively replicates the elegant style of real wood with all of the benefits of Laminate Flooring. The printed wood image also includes ultra-high definition textures. Because of this, it creates the organic grains of solid oak with outstanding accuracy. If you were to have this flooring in real wood, which is where you’ll often see this inlaid design, you may see the effects of excessive wear much sooner in rooms with high traffic. However with Laminate, the effects of busy areas are mitigated to keep your flooring looking like new for longer.
6. White Oak
Whitewashed Laminate Flooring is perfect for giving a much-needed boost of brightness into your home. The neutral colour gives you a blank canvas to work from, allowing your furniture and decoration effectively contrast with your white flooring. Our Coral White Laminate Flooring incorporates light and sandy tones with subtle grain patterns. It looks fantastic in any room, adding warmth and airiness that complements virtually any décor. Whether you prefer a traditional look or contemporary style, White Oak Laminate is an ideal choice if you’re looking for something a little different.
7. Marble Tile
If you’re looking to incorporate nature within a modern interior, then a marble tile is the perfect opportunity. Furthermore, with Marble Laminate you enjoy all of the durability - without the cost. Effectively combining marble textures with dark tones, this flooring creates an instant impact. It’s also easy to install Laminate, using a simple click system for quick fitting and replacement if required. Even in a busy kitchen, this flooring will be looking like new with relatively little upkeep. Plus, a 25 year residential warranty covers you in case there is a fault. Who wouldn’t love an authentic marble look at a fraction of the price?
The composition of Laminate means the design ranges are limitless. The printed image from which the design is created can come in any style - whereas Wood Flooring is unique to one authentic pattern. The main benefit of Laminate Flooring is the incredible value for money - it is undoubtedly the most cost-effective flooring range on the market without compromising on quality or durability.
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